Seven human rights groups, including GLAAD and the Human Rights CampaignÂ (HRC), have sent a letter to Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and other top politicos, asking them to not attend the Values Voters Summit, which begins Friday and is sponsored by anti-gay hate groups. The letter, below, urges invited politicians to “not to lend the prestige of your office to the summit.” On theÂ Family Research Council and theÂ American Family Association, the letter states, “the Family Research Council (FRC), has consistently spread demonizing lies about the LGBT community, and one ofÂ its co-sponsors, the American Family Association (AFA), has linked homosexuality to the Holocaust.”
The letter, sent jointly by theÂ Southern Poverty Law Center, Faithful America, GLAAD, HRC, National Black Justice Coalition, National Council of La Raza, and the People For The American Way Foundation, represents the efforts of a growing trend of like-minded activist organizations working toward common goals.
Calling theÂ Family Research Council “far outside of the mainstream,” the letter notes “FRC has “engaged in repeated, groundless demonization â€” portraying LGBT people as sick, vile, incestuous, violent, perverted, and a danger to the nation.”
The Values Voters Summit, held annually, this year, as usual, includes representatives from some of the most radical, religious right organizations in America, the conservative news media, and their elected official allies.
The invited attendees list reads like a who’s who of anti-gay bigotry and the war on women, and includes, among others:
Rep. Michele Bachmann, Gary Bauer, Glenn Beck, Governor Jan Brewer, Kirk Cameron, Rep. Eric Cantor, Ken Cuccinelli, Frank Gaffney, Senator Jim DeMint, Mike Huckabee, Laura Ingraham, Bishop Harry Jackson, Rep. Steve King, Governor Bob McDonnell, Star parker, Senator Rand Paul, Dennis Prager, Mitt Romney, Lila Rose, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, Mat Staver, and Tim Wildmon.
Note:Â The New Civil Rights Movement has reported on most or all of the above. Use our search function in the upper right hand corner to learn more about these individuals.
We’ll have more later, but for now, here’s the letter.
We’ll also be providing coverage of the Values Voters Summit beginning Friday — stay tuned!
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‘Name Me One Thing’: Biden Blasts Republicans for Not Being ‘For’ Anything
During his press conference Wednesday afternoon President Joe Biden blasted the Republican Party, suggesting they stand for nothing.
“Think about this: What are Republicans for?” the President asked. “What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.”
“And so, the problem here is, I think what I have to do,” Biden said, noting a change in tactics, “I have to make clear to the American people what we are for,” referring to his Democratic Party.
Republicans during the 2020 presidential election literally stood for nothing: they didn’t bother to craft a 2020 platform.
“What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.” — President Biden pic.twitter.com/b9V8NwUzwC
— The Recount (@therecount) January 19, 2022
Manchin Moves to Upstage Biden: Schedules Speech on Filibuster During Presidential Press Conference
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is taking a page out of fellow pro-filibuster Democrat Krysten Sinema’s book: giving a Senate floor speech during a critical presidential event.
Senator Sinema chose to be MIA during President Joe Biden’s rare trip to Capitol Hill recently to meet with Senate Democrats to shake hands and twist arms to convince holdouts to support changes to the filibuster so they can pass his democracy-protecting agenda.
Senator Manchin has chosen to schedule a Senate floor speech on preserving the filibuster at 4:30 PM ET, smack-dab in the middle of President Biden’s rare press conference, this one taking a look at his first year in office.
News via HuffPost’s senior politics reporter Jennifer Bendery:
INBOX: TODAY AT 4:30 PM: MANCHIN TO SPEAK ON SENATE FLOOR ON FILIBUSTER, VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION
YES HIS OFFICE SENT IT OUT IN ALL CAPS
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) January 19, 2022
He’s not sitting with his own party.
Manchin is talking to Romney both seated in the back of the Senate chamber on the Republican side of the aisle ahead of the WV Senator’s floor speech.
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) January 19, 2022
Watch Live: President Biden Holds Press Conference on His First Year in Office
President Joe Biden will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 4:00 PM ET, discussing his first year in office.
Many across the media are framing this as an opportunity for him to address his “failing” legislative and economic goals while never reporting that Republicans have done all they can to block it – including pushing a pro-COVID agenda.
You can watch live, below, via several different feeds. Most cable news channels are expected to carry the press conference live, and you can also watch online and on cable via C-SPAN.
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